[Question #3487] HSV1 & 2 risk. Worried sick.

36 months ago
I’m Asian male, and have a clean bill.
HSV1 & 2 IgG tested negative <0.2 back in August 2017.

However about 30 days back, I’ve an encounter with a masseur who gave me a hand job, followed by a quick kiss (2 seconds) on my penis. During the massage, she also wet kiss & lick my lips (my mouth was shut so it’s a closed lips, one sided kiss); and she also lick my nipples & neck. 

I’m feeling super guilty & went for a IgG test about 29 days post exposure. The results just came back, both negative at <0.2 for HSV1 & 2. But my doctor has advices for a repeat test in 2 months time to rule out conclusively. 

I’ve been having sleepless nights. And 2 more months of wait is really killing. And I’m afraid to get intimidate w my fiancé worrying it will potentially exposure her. Can you help to advise what’s my risk? 

Thanks. 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
36 months ago
I have zero worries about your contact with the sex worker.  Nothing you did puts you at risk for herpes.  You can stop testing now and feel OK about resuming sex with your fiance. 

Terri
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36 months ago
Thanks Terri! That’s assuring.

I forgot to mention that she was also licking my testicles (but not beyond - I was protecting my penis head with my hand) and that lasted about say 7-8 seconds. The contact to the pens head was brief with that one quick kiss.

Will this adds on to my risk? And if that’s ok, will you be alright to explain why you’re not worrying about the encounter? This will greatly help to calm my worrying heart.

How about the risk of HSV1? I know they’re common & most people have it. But I am quite sure neither myself nor my fiancé have it; both having tested negative just last August 2017. And given a choice - I rather not have it. I read that HSV1 will still potentially leads to STD. And I’m also worry especially since she knew my bill was clean when we both tested together last year.

I’m just feeling super guilty.
Thanks for the help!


Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
36 months ago
The skin of testicles is actually pretty thick, wouldn't you agree?  It takes thin skin for the virus to enter your body, like the skin on the shaft of the penis. 
I would say that you may or may not have HSV 1.  The IgG test for HSV 1 misses 30% of HSV 1 infections.  But I still don't think the encounter was risky, given what I have said above and also the brevity of the contact that you describe. 
I don't know what you mean about HSV 1 leading to STI - what does that mean exactly?

Terri
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36 months ago
Hi Terri,

Will appreciate your response to my past post. Sorry but I’m just super worried.

I’m having a sore throat now, and last night I had a dry lip and some pains around my mouth . I’m hoping these are totally unrelated incidents but am nevertheless freaking out. Are these symptoms of outbreak?

Can you help to advise? Thanks.

And Should I get tested again on week 6 for IgG? I read that the accuracy is >75% on tests done post 6 weeks...

Thank you. And I really appreciate your opinions on this. Thanks! 
36 months ago
Thanks Terri. Sorry for my 3rd post. I missed out your response before sending that through.

I guess I’m more worried about the closed lip wet kiss. She was licking my lips for like 8-10 seconds. But my mouth was shut (don’t really want to kiss a stranger). What’s the risk here? For both HSV 1 & 2.

Thanks 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
36 months ago
I have tried to advise you but you don't seem to be willing to accept my opinion which is OK.  A sore throat and dry lips are not signs of herpes.  If you want to test at 6 weeks you can but again, my opinion is that this was a no risk experience for you for acquiring genital herpes.  Could you acquire oral herpes from someone licking your lips for 8-10 seconds?  highly unlikely. 

I don't really advise that you get an antibody test for this encounter but if you really want to, I would wait 12 weeks to test.  If you test positive for HSV 2, I don't believe for a moment that you acquired it from this encounter.

Terri
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